The Duchess of Northumberland officially opened the Weavers Court Extra Care development in Alnwick, unveiling a special piece of artwork in the process.
The facility, on Swordy Drive, is operated by Karbon Homes and provides 58 high-quality one and two-bedroom apartments specifically designed for people aged 55 and over.
Although the venue began operating in 2016, the official opening ceremony wasn’t staged until last Thursday.
The opening event saw a large gathering of the building’s residents, all the partners who developed the facility and representatives of the local community in Alnwick.
The Duchess unveiled a piece of glass artwork, created by artist Sue Woolhouse in collaboration with Weavers’ Court residents, to celebrate the building’s new role in Alnwick. Following the unveiling, the Duchess was given a tour, including visiting the home of Joan McLelland, one of the first residents to move into Weavers Court.
The Duchess said: “This is a hugely impressive development which really brings something new to Alnwick.
“Having visited the site when construction first started, I’m so pleased to be officially opening the building.
“I hope everyone involved feels very proud of the building and the sense of community they have created here.”
Weavers’ Court was built to a design by IDPartnership architects, the main contractor was Galliford Try and construction work was project managed by Plan B Housing and Elliott Associates.
The scheme received more than £1.9million from the Department of Health’s Extra Care Housing fund.